Notes on the Atrocities
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Wednesday, May 05, 2004  

The following excerpts come, I kid you not, from a speech the President gave in Michigan last night. While the rest of the country was trying to make sense of the horrible crimes our military had committed, the President was on a five-stop swing. Meditate on the appropriateness of that for a moment. Now, having shaken off the cognitive dissonance, read these (cut and pasted verbatim from the official Presidential webpage):

We saw war and grief arrive on a quiet September morning. We pursued the terrorist enemy across the world. We have captured or killed many key leaders of the al Qaeda network. (Applause.) The rest of them will learn there is no cave or hole deep enough to hide from American justice. (Applause.)

AUDIENCE: USA! USA! USA! USA!

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When Dick Cheney and I came to office, we found a military that was underfunded and underappreciated. So we gave our military the resources and the respect they deserve. And today, no one can question the skill, and the strength, and the spirit of the United States military. (Applause.)

AUDIENCE: USA! USA! USA! USA!

The other side hasn't offered much in the way of strategies to win the war, or policies to help people find work. We're well into the campaign and all we hear is bitterness and outbursts instead of calm debate. They will find out that anger is not an agenda for the future of America. (Applause.) I will take on the big issues with optimism and resolve and determination. And I will make it clear, we stand ready to lead this country for four more years. (Applause.)

AUDIENCE: Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!

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On the ground in Iraq, we still face serious challenges. It's hard work, but it's necessary work. Illegal militias and remnants of the regime joined by foreign terrorists are trying to take by force the power they could never gain by the ballot. They know a free Iraq will be a major defeat for the cause of terror. These groups have found little support among the Iraqi people. And they will find no success in their attempts to shake the will of America. You see, they don't understand our country. We will never be intimidated by thugs and assassins. (Applause.)

AUDIENCE: USA! USA! USA! USA!

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Our men and women in the military are taking great risks, and they're doing great work. (Applause.) At bases across our country and the world, I have had the privilege of meeting with those who defend our country and sacrifice for our security. I've seen their great decency and their unselfish courage. And I assure you, ladies and gentlemen, the cause of freedom is in good hands. (Applause.)

AUDIENCE: Bush! Bush! Bush!

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As we did that day, these men and women searching through the rubble took it personally. I took it personally. I have a responsibility that goes on. I will never relent in bringing justice to the enemies. I will defend the security of America, whatever it takes. (Applause.)

AUDIENCE: Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!

posted by Jeff | 9:05 AM |
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